BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – With students soon returning to school, one local sheriff’s office is kicking off a campaign to ensure the safest possible return for its students.
The Botetourt County Sheriff’s Office’s “Schools Open Campaign” is meant to increase traffic safety awareness when traveling in and around school zones.
The sheriff’s office will begin posting educational material on its social media platforms to remind motorists to obey all current laws when it comes to traveling around schools.
They will also outline enhanced penalties for violations in school zones including the passing of a stopped school bus with its lights flashing as it loads and unloads students.
The department also says that starting with the first day of school on Wednesday, Aug. 11, they will be deploying extra deputies and School Resource Officers for high-visibility enforcement in school zones to encourage safe driving which includes obeying posted speed limits in school zones.
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